Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Treasures of a Toddler

I provide child care in my home which is, overall, amazing for Aias.  He gets to have friends and spend lots of time with other kids.  One downside for a toddler having a parent who is also a child care provider is that they have to do a LOT of sharing.  Aias is expected to share all his toys, his living space, his bedroom, and his mother.  To help alleviate a bit of stress this could potentially cause a small child, I've given Aias a huge drawer in our kitchen all to himself where he can put items that are precious to him that he doesn't want to have to share.  This drawer stays closed and protected when other children are around and the items within it are kept unshared. 

Items go into this drawer from time to time, never to leave. Other times he changes his mind and takes them out to share for a while, after which they sometimes go back in or end up being free-for-all items forever.  Today I noticed that the drawer was getting a little full and that it was time to re-organize it.  We dumped all the items onto the living room floor, and it gave me quite a chuckle.  Here are pictures of some items he keeps in his drawer.

Toilet paper and paper towel rolls. He's pretty excited when we run out; he basically lines up to retrieve the new empty roll.

Empty egg cartons and some VERY AWESOME giant pom poms.  These pom poms generally live in this egg carton, but he also likes to push them through the paper rolls or stuff them in the mini mugs that are pictured below.

He got this from his grandparents for Christmas. It's a Purina Meow Mix tin that sings "Meow Meow Meow Meow, Meow Meow Meow Meow, Meow, Meow, MEOW" when you take the lid off. On and off, on and off, on and off...
A remote control Hex Bug Morgan bought for his 1st birthday (Morgan basically bought him for himself and a few months ago he showed Aias and now it lives in the drawer).

The glasses they gave us when we went to his first movie theatre movie, Puss in Boots 3D

An empty Christmas cookie tin full of bent fuzzy pipe cleaners

A small funnel (there is a large funnel too, but he doesn't mind sharing that one)

A little black box full of playing cards

An empty Pampers wipe container full of glitter pom poms

A super large Kinder egg full of mini Kinder eggs

Three tiny plastic toy mugs from St. Patrick's Day

A box from his grandparents that he sometimes likes to stuff with a flashing bike light
An empty yogurt container full of foam rings

On the floor, thoroughly enjoying playing with all his awesome stuff


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